The key to essential English
Cambridge English: Key for Schools, also known as Key English Test (KET) for Schools, is a basic level qualification that shows you can use English to communicate in simple situations.
Key for Schools is a version of Cambridge English: Key that is particularly targeted at the interests and experiences of school children. It is at the same level as Cambridge English: Key and follows exactly the same format. It is based on familiar topics and situations so it:
- suits the interests of students
- increases their motivation to learn English
- gives them confidence to use their language skills to move on to further qualifications.
What level is Cambridge English: Key for Schools?
This exam is set at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults. Reaching this level means that a student can:
- understand and use basic phrases and expressions
- introduce him/herself and answer basic questions about personal details
- interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly
- write short, simple notes.
What is assessed in Cambridge English: Key for Schools?
Cambridge English: Key for Schools is made up of three papers developed to test your students' English skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.
Reading and Writing
1 hour 10 min.
30 min., including 8 minutes' transfer time
8-10 min. per pair of candidates
9 parts / 56 questions
5 parts / 25 questions
Shows a student can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. They will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short message or note.
Requires a student to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.
Tests a student’s ability to take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Their Speaking test will be conducted face-to-face with one or two other students.